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Aidan Harris | Jun 02nd, 2013

At the end of May, a group of distinguished leaders delivered a report for the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, setting out recommendations for the future priorities for global development. The so-called ‘High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development...

Jonathan Birchall | May 31st, 2013

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the publication of a major report on the future shape of the world’s development strategy after 2015, entitled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable...

Leila Hall | May 31st, 2013

A small group of young Basotho are singing and chanting as they make their way down Kingsway – the main street that runs through the centre of Maseru, Lesotho’s capital city. At first glance, this is not an unusual sight. They sing familiar, well-known songs – the kind...

Louise Redvers | May 29th, 2013

Titica is one of Angola’s most popular Kuduro singers and received a 2012 Kora nomination for best female artist in Southern Africa. She is also a regular guest on state television, has performed for President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and her catchy music pumps from...

Mantoe Phakathi | May 28th, 2013

The Swazi authorities might have removed political parties from the electoral playing field, but they seem to have totally failed to remove corruption. Indeed, the convoluted laws governing campaigning in national elections have only served to entrench the use of dubious...

Thabang Matjama | May 28th, 2013

Senate Masupha’s landmark challenge to Lesotho’s discriminatory chieftainship laws earned her rave reviews from many people, with some claiming that she had clearly inherited the intrepid genes of her father, Gabasheane Masupha. Unfortunately, those might be the only...

Gwen Lister | May 27th, 2013

Namibian journalists have reason to be concerned. While Namibia was once again ranked as the top African country in this year’s Press Freedom Index, various parts of the government, especially the office...

Nervious Siantombo | May 27th, 2013

Meaningful sustainable development is only attainable if the processes and policies pursued involve ordinary citizens, particularly the underprivileged, and adequately respond to their development needs and aspirations.

Xukuri Xukuri | May 24th, 2013

Indigenous youth in Africa are the main hope for the advancement of indigenous self-determination and the preservation of the culture of their ancestors. But most indigenous youth in Africa have lost some aspects of the traditional values passed on by their forefathers....

Mvemba Dizolele | May 23rd, 2013

A week ago I returned from a working trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I participated in a conference about the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the so-called conflict minerals. The Conference brought together Congolese academics,...

Zarina Geloo | May 22nd, 2013

Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party came to power in 2011 with 60 members of parliament, just five more than the losing Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) – and well short of an overall majority in the 150 seat National Assembly. Since then, President...

Angelique Mutombo | May 21st, 2013

As everyone knows, the education system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is beset with enormous challenges – challenges that often seem insurmountable. But only a few people know that progress is slowly being made thanks to the dedicated work of the National...

Richard Lee | May 21st, 2013

It has been a month since the release of a damning report into a massively corrupt Angola-Russia debt deal. A month since it explained in forensic detail how more than US$700 million ended up in the pockets of arms dealers and senior Angolan officials, including...

Marie-Soleil Frère | May 08th, 2013

In December 2012, Journalist in Danger, a Congolese NGO that defends media freedom, issued its latest annual report. As well as describing many attacks on journalists over the previous year, the report shows how much...

Richard Lee | May 07th, 2013

And so it came to pass. After weeks of hate speech and ‘gay-bashing’ by homophobic politicians and religious leaders, two men have been arrested in Zambia for the ‘sin’ of being gay. Ever since Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu launched into his latest anti-homosexual...

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